My Only Victim - _No Voice, No Rights, No Freedom_
(Century Media, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (5 out of 10)
Much like the other forms of hardcore/metal material surfacing from Century Media (i.e. Stuck Mojo, Turmoil, and Hostility), Louisville, Kentucky quintet My Only Victim mix and match music styles, melding together both hardcore and metal music. The five-piece band released their well-received debut album (_Burning Inside_) in 1995 and now two years later, after many touring dates in the US and in Europe, the band returns in 1997 with their sophomore record _No Voice, No Rights, No Freedom_. _NVNRNF_ is a full-throttle stomp of harshness and energetic and mayhem that scatters throughout eleven songs but as I hear this record more and more I am lost by the somewhat stale (boring? repetitive?) hardcore sounds the band has keyed in on with the record. The record is raw sounding and supplies ample amounts of ferociousness and raw power ("Unjustified," "Walls Apart", and "Cornered".) but there seems to be something lacking. Not to say the band lacks any form or originality or creativity, I just feel that _NRNVNF_ doesn't quite deliver up to the momentum and adrenaline rush that bands like Turmoil or Stuck Mojo do with their crossover techniques. Just my point of view as I see this effort lacking something.

(article published 4/2/1997)


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